• Count it all joy.
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials.”
• We may not can control the situation but we can control how we respond. If we don’t plan a response, we’ll end up reacting out of our emotions and that won’t be joyful.
• Count it: “Think about it; make your mind up ahead of time that when trials come your way, you’re going to be joyful not because of them but in spite of them. That’s a decision we make up front, before we know how long the trial might last.
• When bad things happen, I look at it like this, “What’s the devil trying to do to me?” and “What’s God trying to teach me?”
• The trials don’t come from God, but He doesn’t waste anything. He’ll use what’s coming against us to develop what He wants in us.
• The devil is wanting us to say God’s not faithful; he wants us to give up or get all up in our feelings about something. God wants us to stand on His word and come out the other side of the trial better, kinder, and stronger.
Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
• If you want to know what you really believe about God, you’ll find out in a trial. A test in school shows you what you know. This kind of test shows you something you need.
But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
• We have to let patience work in our lives and that takes a while. Have you ever heard the prayer, “Lord give me patience and give it to me now!”? It doesn’t work like that.
• Patience is a fruit of the Spirit. It abides within us and when a trial comes our way, we have to let it out, just like joy. They work together in a trial to bring us out the other side. If we don’t let patience work, we shortchange the fruit of the Spirit and the maturity that comes with it.